TOn November 4, 1922, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his workmen discover a step leading to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt.

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When Carter first arrived in Egypt in 1891, most of the ancient Egyptian tombs had been discovered, though the little-known King Tutankhamen, who had died when he was 18, was still unaccounted for. After World War I, Carter began an intensive search for “King Tut’s Tomb,” finally finding steps to the burial room hidden in the debris near the entrance of the nearby tomb of King Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. On November 26, 1922, Carter and fellow archaeologist Lord Carnarvon entered the interior chambers of the tomb, finding them miraculously intact.

Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon

Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon

(Interesting side note about Lord Carnarvon.  Lord Carnarvon’s residence in England is Highclere Castle which is the real Downtown Abbey.)

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Thus began a monumental excavation process in which Carter carefully explored the four-room tomb over several years, uncovering an incredible collection of several thousand objects. The most splendid architectural find was a stone sarcophagus containing three coffins nested within each other. Inside the final coffin, which was made out of solid gold, was the mummy of the boy-king Tutankhamen, preserved for more than 3,000 years. Most of these treasures are now housed in the Cairo Museum.

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11 responses

  1. gpcox says:

    Remarkable, isn’t it?!

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  2. Birgit says:

    When I was younger and the song by Steve Martin was out “King Tut” I wanted to see the tour of it but couldn’t go- a real bummer. It’s funny about the so-called curse that apparnatly brought the downfall of some of the people who found the tomb. What i also found amazing was when i was a kid, we went every year on our school trip to the Niagara Falls museum and I would look at this dusty mummy. Decades later it was found to be a King and I believe it was Ramses. It was quite the find-who knew?

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  3. Egyptian history is unbelievable and utterly fascinating!
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